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ethereal_reality Sep 14, 2016 6:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jungmann (Post 7560535)
This picture brings back memories.

In 1964, I was working in the mail room at Universal Pictures. This parking lot--as Hoss's aerial shows--was around the middle of the lot. The Universal Studio Tour with its red and white striped trams had started around a year before I got there, so I'd say it's a 63-64 photo.

All those doorways and buildings you see had meaning for me. There were about eight of us in the mailroom. We had to deliver incoming mail, pick up outgoing mail, and distribute company stuff--call sheets, cast lists, scripts, budgets, interoffice mail--four times a day.

We divided up the lot into routes, circuits of certain offices and outlying buildings. The Black Tower was a route in itself, but there were maybe five other routes covering the lot, the Casting department, the Production department, Props, Lights, Construction, Vehicles, on and on.

Out weapons of choice were either those three wheel mailman carts for close in work--the mailroom was in the basement of the Black Tower--but for the outlying routes to distant departments, we used old-fashioned heavy cruiser bikes with a big wire basket mounted to the handlebars.

If I remember right, that road in the picture the tram is descending came from some of the old permanent sets further up on the hill, including the Psycho house, always a crowd favorite. But there were departments up there as well. If memory serves, one was the Staff Department--staff is a movie term for phony walls of brick or stucco or marble for sets, made, I think, from plaster and straw. Sweating the noontime delivery up that hill to Staff with the two-ton bike heavy with scripts and call-sheets in mid-August in the Valley was not considered a plum job.

The one story grey building on the right holds a row of was what was categorized as a "bungalow", meaning a single inner-outer office suite with a bathroom. Contract producers and contract actors--stars--got those. Some were much more lavish than what you see, decked out as charming little stand-alone houses. As I remember, that most-right hand black door was where I delivered mail to Alfred Hitchcock Productions, although it might have been an identical black door a few feet out of the frame to the right. The two story grey building behind it, if I remember right, housed Pennebaker Productions, Marlon Brando's company. We mail boys saw Hitchcock often, enough to say hello to him and get a nod back.

:previous: Thanks for describing your days as a mail runner at Universal Studios Jungmann.
You were probably on the job when my family visited from Illinois. the studio tour was one of the highlights of our trip (and my dad captures it all on an 8mm home movie camera)

So when you say the 'Black Tower' do you mean the MCA Building?

this one?
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/imKItJ.png
eBay

I remember seeing this as a kid and thinking it was soooo tall.



This tourist wasn't sure what it was either.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...921/8Z4yst.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...924/ttpM8I.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Colo...8AAOSwOVpXbJWl


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John Maddox Roberts Sep 14, 2016 6:27 PM

The Black Tower was used as the lower part of the skyscraper in "The Towering Inferno"(1974). In the upward shots, the upper stories were matte-painted in.

HossC Sep 14, 2016 7:12 PM

Thanks for the reminder of tovangar2's post about the Good Shepherd Convent, Flyingwedge. My searches didn't find it.


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Today's Julius Shulman post is "Job 1300: J.A. McNeil Inc., Office Building (Alhambra, Calif.), 1952".

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original

The number over the door proved useful.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original

I wasn't expecting those seat coverings.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original

At least the curtains give this dark office a lift.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...4.jpg~original

I wish I could see what they're designing.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...5.jpg~original

I'll finish with this meeting room which has a different jazzy pattern on its curtains.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...6.jpg~original

All from Getty Research Institute

I found an address of "3U5 W Mission Road, Alhambra" in newspaper transcript. Luckily, the second picture above told me that it should read 3115 W Mission Road. Other than gaining a few plants, I think building is looking remarkably similar. It's even kept its blinds.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...7.jpg~original
GSV

ethereal_reality Sep 14, 2016 8:15 PM

Nuns await the arrival of Senator Robert F. Kennedy during a campaign stop in the Los Angeles area." [June 02-04 1968]

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...923/xXN4FN.jpg
https://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Vie...-C021-003.aspx

Does anyone recognize the building being renovated in the background?






Kennedy Girls (dig the blue hosiery)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...923/KA2P7t.jpg
https://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Vie...-C010-001.aspx

Awaiting the arrival of Senator Robert F. Kennedy at Los Angeles Valley College, 15 May 1968
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HossC Sep 14, 2016 8:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7561419)

Nuns await the arrival of Senator Robert F. Kennedy during a campaign stop in the Los Angeles area." [June 02-04 1968]

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...923/xXN4FN.jpg
https://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Vie...-C021-003.aspx

Does anyone recognize the building being renovated in the background?

The arches look like Pico House.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
GSV

ethereal_reality Sep 14, 2016 9:11 PM

:previous: I thought maybe Pico House, but I decided the building looked too pristine. I see I was wrong.
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http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...921/nJd76d.jpg
detail / my apologies to Shulman

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bristolian (Post 7560970)
The '64 Caddy takes center stage among the cars but that is a pretty sweet AMC Gremlin behind it.

I noticed that Gremlin too Bristolian.


Just for fun here's a parked Gremlin in a scene from Remington Steele (Ep 3.02)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/eopDgj.jpg
http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_485121-...mlin-1970.html

No street address was given, so I took the googlemobile out for a spin and found the street.

Looking west on E. 3rd Street.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...921/w0l7oP.jpg
gsv





The biggest clue were the circles with the cross in it. (I remembered seeing them in the early days of the thread)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...921/sQxZ0a.jpg
detail

At the time, I remember asking if this building had something to do with the Santa Fe Railroad because of the similarity to the train company's logo.

this one
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...924/ttditN.jpg
old file

I can't remember the answer.
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HossC Sep 14, 2016 9:43 PM

:previous:

I had a look around the E 3rd Street area a couple of weeks ago when I found that the video below was filmed at E 3rd and Traction.

Jodie Abacus - I'll Be That Friend (Official Video)

Video Link


We've seen the Joannes Brothers Company building at 800 Traction Avenue before (see post #12905 and post #13985), but I think this 1932 photo is new to the thread. The building is visible in the video, and only a stone's throw from the building posted by e_r.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
USC Digital Library

FredH Sep 14, 2016 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7561488)
:previous: I thought maybe Pico House, but I decided the building looked too pristine. I see I was wrong.
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http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...921/nJd76d.jpg
detail / my apologies to Shulman


I noticed that Gremlin too Bristolian.


Just for fun here's a parked Gremlin in a scene from Remington Steele (Ep 3.02)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/eopDgj.jpg
http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle_485121-...mlin-1970.html

No street address was given, so I took the googlemobile out for a spin and found the street.

Looking west on E. 3rd Street.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...921/w0l7oP.jpg
gsv





The biggest clue were the circles with the cross in it. (I remembered seeing them in the early days of the thread)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...921/sQxZ0a.jpg
detail

At the time, I remember asking if this building had something to do with the Santa Fe Railroad because of the similarity to the train company's logo.

this one
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...924/ttditN.jpg
old file

I can't remember the answer.
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Er - I kind of remember that old post too. I believe this building was office and/or warehouse space for the old La Grande Station at Santa Fe Avenue and 2nd Street.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...pspxrbzpzu.jpg
LAPL

HossC Sep 14, 2016 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7561488)

The biggest clue were the circles with the cross in it. (I remembered seeing them in the early days of the thread)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...921/sQxZ0a.jpg
detail

At the time, I remember asking if this building had something to do with the Santa Fe Railroad because of the similarity to the train company's logo.

I can't remember the answer.

The name Braun appears on the 1909 building permit.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
Online Building Records

On the 1910 Baist map the building is labeled Braun Chemical Company. The 1912 CD lists the California Drug & Chemical Co as "successors to Braun Chemical Co", but at a different address. By the early-20s, 912 E 3rd Street was owned by the H G Chaffee Warehouse Co, whose name is still on it in the 1969 CD.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
www.historicmapworks.com

A few years ago the front looked like this. I assume it was for artistic reasons.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original
GSV

Now you can even "walk" inside.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...4.jpg~original
GSV

FredH Sep 14, 2016 11:41 PM

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;7561419]Nuns await the arrival of Senator Robert F. Kennedy during a campaign stop in the Los Angeles area." [June 02-04 1968]

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...923/xXN4FN.jpg
https://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Vie...-C021-003.aspx


Shortly after midnight on June 5th, Kennedy was shot inside the Ambassador Hotel after winning the California primary election.
On June 6th, he died. This photo was taken only a couple days before the assassination.

ethereal_reality Sep 15, 2016 12:33 AM

:previous:
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/jakpNn.png
http://wikimapia.org/4472663/RFK-Com...dor-Hotel-site

I don't remember seeing this image before.

I have to say, the memoriam billboard looks a bit fake to me. (do you think someone might have superimposed it into the pic?)
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If it's true, which building is the billboard mounted on......this one?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...921/5nkQST.jpg
google_aerial

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ethereal_reality Sep 15, 2016 1:16 AM

"First Elect. Car Line in L.A. 1886" (written on the reverse)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/1oNyHm.jpg
eBay
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 7560574)
LA's first electric railway opened on January 2, 1887.

If your wonderful old photo shows opening day, e_r, this photo may have been taken at Pico and Main, where the tracks
appear to end, even though the sign on the car says "Maple Av":

:previous: Thanks for the information and posting that newspaper clipping FW.

I've often wondered where this photograph was taken. It's one of my all time favorites.
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Here's another transit-related photograph that I'm pretty sure it's new to NLA.

"Group of men beside streetcar office and barn, southwest corner of Downey Avenue and Hancock Street, 1890"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...921/GqZBuM.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/12148/rec/7

One of the things that caught my eye was the banner on the streetcar at far right.---->

this one
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...922/HWsGez.jpg
detail

But I can't make heads or tails out of it. HERM_ _

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ethereal_reality Sep 15, 2016 1:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 7561669)
On the 1910 Baist map the building is labeled Braun Chemical Company. The 1912 CD lists the California Drug & Chemical Co as "successors to Braun Chemical Co", but at a different address. By the early-20s, 912 E 3rd Street was owned by the H G Chaffee Warehouse Co, whose name is still on it in the 1969 CD.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
www.historicmapworks.com

Thanks Hoss.

"The name Braun appears on the 1909 building permit." -HossC

:previous: So it's probably just a coincidence that the architectural detailing on the building resembles the Santa Fe logo.

Oh, and I didn't realize the back of the building was curved (to accommodate the railroad spur) until I saw your Baist map.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/uXdcfS.jpg
google_aerial

(I was also surprised to see a Baptist Church on the Baist map)
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FredH Sep 15, 2016 2:57 AM

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;7561812]"First Elect. Car Line in L.A. 1886" (written on the reverse)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/1oNyHm.jpg
eBay

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...psof3h4cgd.jpg


ER - Does it look to you like these cars on the left are just sitting in the dirt? Maybe they only had one set of tracks.

FredH Sep 15, 2016 4:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7554210)
:previous:

Here's that corner today. (southwest corner of Temple and Hope)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...921/qQXkep.png
google_aerial




There's a desert garden there now.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...921/HAd4g7.png
gsv






If you look closely there's a plaque in front of the rock. Does anyone know what it says?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...921/mWWlIa.png
detail/gsv
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ER - I accidentally ran across this 1974 photo of the rocks on the LAPL website

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps6s7mcczt.jpg
LAPL

Their description of the photo is as follows:

"A cluster of boulders from the Alabama Hills in the Owens Valley on display at the southwest corner of Hope and Figueroa streets, on the Department of Water and Power property."


So - I guess when you steal someone's water, you are allowed to take some rocks along as trophies. Sounds fair.

ethereal_reality Sep 15, 2016 1:30 PM

:previous: Excellent find FredH. I would never have guessed the rocks were from the Owens Valley!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...921/fBdaWP.jpg
old file / Shulman 1965 / waterandpower

I didn't realize the large rock in the current 'desert' garden (with the plaque) was the same rock as in this Shulman photograph from 1965.

So where were they situated before being moved to that corner garden on Temple and Hope? In the pic above it looks like they were along a freeway embankment.




Now I want to see what's written on that plaque more than ever.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...922/YlhkhW.png

-maybe Mulholland is buried under the rock ;)

ethereal_reality Sep 15, 2016 1:55 PM

Before it all began:


William Mulholland with two unidentified men sitting in a car in Owens Valley in 1907.

All three men are contemplating the future source of L.A.'s water, the snow covered peaks of the eastern Sierras.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/R9z6JS.jpg
http://waterandpower.org/museum/The_..._Aqueduct.html

Blaster Sep 15, 2016 1:55 PM

"Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water."

ethereal_reality Sep 15, 2016 1:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 7561940)

ER - Does it look to you like these cars on the left are just sitting in the dirt? Maybe they only had one set of tracks.

I think you're right FredH. I never noticed that before.

-serious minds ;) want to know these details. (where's all our rail-fans?)



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...923/34pkcf.jpg


I like the way that tough little boy is standing:previous:. Wouldn't it be interesting to know how his life turned out.

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ethereal_reality Sep 15, 2016 3:26 PM

Here's a rare look inside the ladies' room at the J.W. Robinson Dept. Store, downtown.

I certainly don't remember seeing this fanciful fountain before. (I wonder where it ended up....someone's garden no doubt)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...923/GOLZXT.jpg
eBay

The upper stories of the building are empty now, right?

I just had a thought, wouldn't it be amazing if the fountain is still somewhere inside the building!

(I've been trying, without success, to read the two signs in the doorways) -there appears to be a row of chairs facing a line of mirrors in the room at far right.


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